Middle East Travel
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April  2015
184 pp.
274 illus., including 110 in color 
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19X24 cm
$34.95
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ISBN 9789774166938
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On the Nile in the Golden Age of Travel

Andrew Humphreys

A colorfully illustrated celebration of the classic era of cruising on the Nile

Since Antony and Cleopatra honeymooned on the Nile on a gilded barge, visitors to Egypt have taken to the river as the best way to experience the country’s wonders. Early travelers took a dahabiya, an elegant triangular-sailed houseboat, and leisurely meandered from riverside site to site, for three months or more. Then from the late nineteenth century, Thomas Cook of Leicester, England, revolutionized the journey with a fleet of specially built paddle steamers. For the next sixty years these ‘floating palaces,’ with their private cabins, and dining, smoking, and viewing salons, red-uniformed dragoman guides, and organized donkey excursions, carried the aristocratic, moneyed, and adventurous of international society of the time Using period photography, and colorful vintage posters and advertising material, this book tells the story of the people, the places, and the boats, from pioneering Nile travelers like Amelia Edwards and Lucie Duff Gordon, through to famed later passengers, such as Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Conan Doyle, and, of course, Agatha Christie, whose staging of a death on the Nile only added to the allure.
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Andrew Humphreys is the author of National Geographic Traveler Egypt ( AUC Press, 2009) and Grand Hotels of Egypt in the Golden Age of Travel (AUC Press, 2012).

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"You had to be a pretty determined sort of person if your sights were set on Egypt" ―Andrew Humphrey

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"This is a nostalgic look at the beginnings of tourism on one of the world’s most romantic rivers … Meticulously researched and beautifully illustrated with publicity posters, menus, photos and maps, this brilliantly evokes the golden age of steam travel on the Nile."—Good Book Guide<br><br>"A sense of romance positively oozes from every page of this delightful book."—Country Life<br><br>"Fascinating."—Daily Mail<br><br>"A unique and seminal work of impressively detailed research, "On the Nile in the Golden Age of Travel" is impressively well written, organized and presented. An informative and inherently fascinating history, "On the Nile in the Golden Age of Travel" is very highly recommended for personal, community, and academic library collections."—Midwest Book Review<br><br>"The book is beautifully illustrated, so richly in fact, that one is drawn to perusing the images at length before delving into the text itself. . . . However, a book’s success is not dependent on its illustrations alone and the text in this book, as with Humphreys’s first book, is effortlessly readable and as a result a page turner.”—Emmet Jackson, ASTENE Bulletin<br><br>

“Every bit as visually stunning and informative [as Grand Hotels of Egypt]. . . . an engaging history of tourism on the Nile.”—Histories of Archaeology Research Network

"A new book by author Andrew Humphreys, titled 'On the Nile in the Golden Age of Travel', celebrates this period through diaries and journals to recount the stories of those who were lucky enough to travel on this glorious river during the 19th and 20th centuries."—James Blower, Easy Voyage

"Every bit as visually stunning and informative [as Grand Hotels of Egypt] .... an engaging history of tourism on the Nile"—Histories of Archaeology Research Network

"Humphreys has produced another gem of a book."—Irish Egyptology blog

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